Night Owls On Two Wheels

Night owls, listen up. The annual Owl Ride is near.

The ride will be July 16. It’s a casual night bicycle ride open to all levels of riders, and it takes an urban tour of Omaha. Kids are even welcome. The ride, however starts at 11 p.m., so I’m guessing older kids are going to hold up a lot better for this ride than the young’uns.

It’s going to be a big event. As of July 4, more than 500 people registered. There’s safety in numbers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to bike under the twinkling stars, here’s your chance.

The whole ride is a 16-mile loop starting at the Lewis & Clark landing (or near there, given the state of flooding in that area). There is an optional shortcut to make it a 7-mile ride. Four rest stops are scattered on the route; one’s at a cupcake shop and a pizza place, just sayin’.

What will you need for this ride:
– Helmet.
– Front white light and a rear red reflector (state law).
– Bicycle in good working condition.
– A desire to have fun and a willingness to ride responsibly (alcohol is prohibited, leave the flask at home).

Two contests will be held that night: One is the Bright Bike contest for best well-lit/decorated bike and the other is the Parliament Cup for the largest registered team (you don’t have to be on a team to ride this ride, but wouldn’t it be more fun to do this in a big group?). Read more details here.

There is a cost to ride, with a lump price for families that register.

For complete details, check out the ride’s website. For updates, check the ride’s Facebook page.

I’m bummed to be missing this ride again. Last year, I debated whether or not I could stay awake past 11 p.m. (don’t judge … a teething 8-month-old would make any person question mental abilities past a certain hour). Now, well, I’ll have to skip again.

Anyone planning on doing the ride? It sounds really fun.

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About kareiner

I'm an active mom who loves to cook. I'm passionate about health and fitness. I'm no expert, nutritionist, personal trainer or miracle worker. I just like being active and I like good food.
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